Taco Bout A Party

So in the spirit of Cinco de Mayo on Saturday (AKA one of my favourite days of the year) I thought I would share some of my fav decorations and food ideas some of which I will be trying out this weekend.

DECOR

I love the colour palette for this holiday…skulls and tacos, bright colours (OH MY!) with a dash of cacti and perhaps a few llamas or two. I mean, I have no idea if llamas are a thing but they are cute and really match the whole theme so I’m going with it.

I love this taco banner and cardboard cacti. Last year I did one from balloons which was cool until all the kids yanked the balloons off the wall. Side note: kids are ruiners.

How cute are these homemade cushions? (PS I have zero talent and won’t be making these)

A great kids craft to keep them busy while you drink margaritas, yup.

Super simple flower holder, I love it.

Another great way to keep kids ocupado

Those who know me understand that this would go up and probably stay up all year long, right beside the skull garland that I put up like 2 years ago.

OUTFITS

I don’t have time to snag a great t-shirt but this one is perfect.


DIY Sombrero Headbands, need I say more?

LOVE THIS.

Yes.

THE FOOD

So my neighbour and I collab on the food, and I know she will be making a vat of Blue Curacao (a given) and enough enchiladas for 800 so I decided this year I will go finger food and dips to appeal to the later crowds (me) who have had too much tequila and need some serious snacks (also me).

First off are these little dip cups, I mean, they’re perfect and easy and I can make them ahead of time which is important to recognize your faults as I tend to lose interest in cooking mid margarita.

CHURROOOOOOOOS…I need Rhianne (my neighbour and sweets queen) to make this, it’s importante!

No party would be complete with out jello shots…margarita jello shots, although Chad has told me no one would eat them so I will have to think on that one.

So as the week goes on, I’ll be making posts on instagram (@freshchick) with all my deco disasters/winners. Follow me there if you don’t already and so the count down begins!

Cinco, Cuatro, Tres…

Yes, I Do Actually Work

So normally this blog is home to rants and fun shopping lists and I have to say that when I decided to finally update my portfolio, I realized it’s been almost two years since I’ve done it. Whoa… The age old saying, too busy designing for other people to design anything for myself. Well, I don’t think it’s an actual saying, but it’s my truth.

There many projects I can’t showcase on my site, things that I do for big wigs that have copyright hoo ha and all that jazz, and while I’d love to show you everything, these smaller projects are what keep me going as a designer. The brands are never boring and they continuously put a smile on my face. I can whip up a mean proposal but it’s the cool innovators that keep my devotion to my job.

A lot has happened in two years so check out my port’folio’ page for a full run down.

I want to first give a HUGE shout out to a few amazing ladies that I work with each month. My regulars if you will even though there is nothing regular about them :)

First is Karen from Citrus Silver, who has been a client for many years. Her hand stamped jewelry is both beautiful and meaningful, plus I’m really digging her new Canadiana collection made from pennies. She offers great deals all the time hence the ever changing lovely ads I design for her site (ahem, Valentines day is fast approaching guys…). I can’t include all that I do for her, you’ll just have to bookmark her site and check it out :) Karen’s ads are always colourful and fun and continuously brighten my day.

Second is Mary from…Lavish, to She Who Dares to ME&Co. to The Wedpreneur…you name it, this woman can do it. I’ve known Mary from way way back (side note: we’ve never actually seen each other, and dare I say speak on the phone even?) Anyways, she is the most incredible wedding planner/organizer/designer. I used to update her site and drool over the beautiful weddings she’s cultivated. I do a ton of co-lab work with her, branding her own businesses as well as assisting her clients with their brands. She is a marketing specialist in all things wedding and I love love love the work we do together. Distance aside, she gets me and I get her and it just works!

Third is Janet from The Story Co., who I ‘think’ might be my longest running co-lab partner – I think 14 years? Ok I’ll shut up before you all figure out I’m actually 65. Janet is from the lovely Regina, SK so we began working together sight unseen and for the life of me I can’t recall how we even found each other, but a simple phone call and we knew it was going to be a perfect fit. She is a brilliant marketing and brand builder, her vast client list speaks for itself, but it’s also the work she does to give back to her community which always amazes me. Our co-lab work is truly effortless, she provides the big picture, the plans, and I formulate the designs based on her envisioned aesthetic. It’s a true and incredible co-lab that uses both our strengths to shine. The years have produced great work, but also a great friendship.

So I think you can gather that yes, I’m a recluse, but also that the distance doesn’t matter in the least when you work with people this amazing :) Gushing over! Let see the goods…

 

Summer Stuff

So I’m home after spending a great week with my fam. Well, I suppose ‘great’ is relative these days but any time I have with my mum is time that I love so boom, I’m saying it was great! Plus I got to see some awesome cousins and take my mom yard sale-ing with them, which is my absolute worst nightmare, but they all made it tolerable which is saying a lot for their company! I bonded with my brother in law over chewbacca ring tones, adored my sister for watching my beasts while I conquered the J Crew outlet, and had an actual lunch with Troy that didn’t include hauling 14 coloring books, stickers and yelling at kids to stop bugging other diners … which was heaven.

Finn’s best time of the week was swimming with his second cousin (or third, or like twice removed, or really who can recall how we name kids of cousins?) and Wren was in a haze of polly pocket mayhem (which mom scored for 3 bucks) which was a GOD SEND for keeping her happy.

Got Cliff back from Camp Gunby today, my ‘absolutely grateful I have you to unload my dog on when I have to drop everything and leave town in a flurry friends!’ … and he is obviously currently depressed. I mean a week with 2 other dogs, on a farm, swimming in a pond every day and eating fucking fresh chicken eggs for every meal? I mean, I’m sorta depressed for him, but I’m so happy to hug his stinky body and kiss his equally stinky head.

But today is not about sadness or stinky dogs. It’s about shopping! Summer is right around the corner even though ‘horrible mom me’ sent her kids to school in wee sweat shirts when it was actually 7 degrees out but I told them to just run around the play ground to get warm so it’s all good.

I thought it would be a good post to get me rolling towards some summer purchases and inspiration to put a smile on my face. Here’s to quirky shit that I LOVE which will make me (and hopefully you) share a giggle during a time in which laughter could indeed be the best medicine.

OK so think Disney Land, Wonderland, or hell probably the park … who doesn’t need a little nip now and then when you are knee deep in hangry melt downs, relentless games of ’20 stupid questions’ and surrounded by exhausted, bitchy kids who are SOOOO BORED? A camera flask is a BRILLIANT addition to your summer repertoire. 

camera flask

I’m not sure you noticed but Pineapples are THE high fashion of the summer. I love this print from Fab.com.

Pineapple

Most are aware of my weird decor, but this pillow is my fav thing right now. A wee nudey Hello terrarium…I mean, this is amazing.

Nudey Pillow

I love things that light up. Prob you would get that if you saw the lights on my bed post, my living room mirror, my kitchen chalkboard, my bunkie walls … I guess twinkle lights are my thing. So this lightbox that you can design is like the heavens have opened up for me. You can post what’s for dinner (nothing), make jokes, use for party menus, list drink options, I mean, I love this.

Cinema Lightbox

My ‘buy me brunch‘ jesus tank is one of my go-to clothing options so obviously I would hop back to them, and see some new stuff while figuring out my summer wardrobe. Here are a few I love …

 

Buy Me Brunch

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So let’s not forget to ‘summer up’ your tech. A great resource is Design Love Fest which is one of my gurus and go to site for amazing decor/fashion inspiration. She offers up free wallpapers for your desktop, iPads, phones … whatever, so there is no excuse for a boring white background or pics of your kids. Ok that was harsh but you have enough of them on instagram, there is no need to plaster every device too. Enjoy!

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If You Can’t Do Something At Least Look Good Doing It

So, what I want to write about this morning isn’t anything at all what I am going to write about. Let’s just say that as a mother, my limits were tested to the breaking point or as I will now coin the term – THE WREN POINT. I was giddy at the bus stop. GIDDY.

Small snippet:

Hi Wren, here’s some banana (screams and yells and spits banana everywhere)

Hey Wren, nose and toes to the wall, time out for you (screams and kicks me for 15 min)

Finn: Mom you are scary when Wren makes you mad. (Sorry Finn – massive guilt kicks in)

Hey Wren (finally able to come to eat) here’s some food, please eat (two bites later, I’m done)

Hey Wren, you’re going to die if you don’t start eating (I WANT TO DIE THEN!)

Hey Wren, this is wasteful (WHO CARES)

Hey Wren, let’s get dressed (NOPE)

Hey Wren, let’s try to pee (FUCK YOU MOM)

… so after dressing a rag doll, brushing teeth on a kid who wouldn’t open her mouth and dragging her to the bus stop this is her final good bye:

“BYE CLIFFORD – I LOVE YOU! (blows kisses and gets on the bus with a smile)”

MOTHER FUC — ER

OK, on to better topics. Clothes!

So a few weeks ago we decided we were going full throttle – a skiing family in the making. Three hills are within an hour from us, and we booked a holiday in Mont Tremblant so it’s time to put yourself out there and break a leg. Joking. I hope.

We took Finn to the Loretto Ski Shop which I have to say was hilarious. A former ski hill, turned ski shop, in the middle of absolute nowhere, in a house. But it was hopin’ and there was a Ski Swap so we outfitted Finn in some used boots. Awesome older guy really knew his stuff. A kijiji stop later and we had skis for him too.

Oh so what do you do next, you drive to Collingwood ‘just to look’ at their ski sale …

Ski Sales Man: So how many times did you ski last year?

Me: Uh I don’t know …

Ski Man: Half a dozen?

Me: Uh … no less then that …

Ski Man: So a couple?

Me: Uh … once?

So obviously seeing someone who cares nothing for money, 1400 later, Troy and I look amazing in our new boots and skis.

Then I read in a mag last night that Gwen Stefani has a line with Burton for Snowboarding gear. Well HELLO, this is my new favourite sport. So I felt it would be nice foray into the season change to plan out some outfit choices for skiing and apres ski – the best part really. We will embrace winter in this frigid country and look amazing doing it!

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I just need to perfect this angsty glare, then I will fit right in.

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Love this. Whip off that jacket in front of the fire, look at me, I still am awesome under this coat. Plaid meet leopard print meet British invasion.

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This has been in my cart since last night. Troy tells me we are hunkering and I shouldn’t spend. I say – how can I not?

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I’m not fussy on the print near the bottom, but for some reason the stripped cuffs speak to me. Plus it’s a mitt and I think I would do better skiing in a mitt. I’m more mitty then glovey.

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I’m kinda jazzing on this print..

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Mint ski pants – yes please!

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I’ve found my jacket …

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These are pretty awesome.

So now I leave you to carry on with my day of quiet bliss but as a parting shot, I will end this post with the song that Troy and I belt out each time we discuss our upcoming ski adventures. It dates us terribly but some of you will be able to relate. I need some gum …

Fall Shopping List

As most of you know, I am weird. I like odd things, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be stylish right? I have been a HUGE fab.com fan for years so today I’ve treated myself to a few moments to online shop and share some of my new fav fab beauts…enjoy!

Just cute. I mean SO cute. Love these illustrations by mr clement…this one is called ‘Playtime’. Come into my bunny lair little one…creepy kinda actually which makes sense why I like it so much.

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October is fast approaching which means that all I think about are costume ideas, mini chocolate bars and horror movies. Netherlands artist Chungkong designed this cool representation of one of my favorite films. “Who died and made you fucking king of the zombies?”

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A few years ago Troy ex-neighed my giant octopus wall mural decal, which still pisses me off, so I went and tattooed a giant one on my stomach – I win! I know some might think this terrible, but I LOVE this idea. One large wall covered in a giant ferris wheel (by Wallums)…then every day could be like a carnival! Am I right?!

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T-Rex Creature Cup (by Creature Cups). This morning Finn spent 20 minutes pushing his cereal down into his bowl so he could only see milk and not the flakes, wildly asking me every 4 seconds – can you see it?! Can you see the cereal?! Which leads me to think that this might be the best thing I ever bought him. Screen Shot 2015-09-17 at 10.23.45 AM

I don’t think I need to explain this one at all. One Bella Casa designed it and you must heed the statement. Now.

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I’m in lust with golden coppery pink metal right now, this Audio Pillar Wireless Speaker by Stelle Audio would look amazing anywhere. Not sure of the sound quality but who gives a fuck when it looks this pretty!

 

 

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Tour Backpack, by Mafia bags, are designed from old wind surfing sails. Um you had me at hello.

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It’s hard to tell from the pic but this is called the Mountain Range Ring by BrittannyChanel Jewelry. Again with the metal color, I love, and I thought the idea really cute.

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Another wall decal? Yes please! Into the forest Circle Decal by Walls Need Love is smallish so you can achieve the wall pic idea without the full ferris wheel splayed across your room. It’s like an instant window into a way better view then any of us have.

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